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A Primer On Reiki: The Basics, The History, The Treatment



Though conventional medicine is still the preferred method of healing throughout the Western world, more people are embracing the holistic or integrative approach—that is, a combination of treatments that improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. They allow the patient to experience a better quality of life in the process. One of these treatments is known as Reiki, which is a Japanese healing practice.

What Is Reiki?

The origin of the word “Reiki” is Japanese, which stands for “mysterious atmosphere,” but most of the people believe that it actually means life energy. As its name suggests, it is based on the belief that every living thing in the universe, including we humans, gives off energy. However, because of the many blockages, our life can have, the body experiences imbalance of this energy or life force. Thus, a person becomes prone to or develops illnesses, including debilitating disorders such as cancer and diabetes.

Reiki usually involves the laying of hands in certain parts of the body in order to give off energy to the person who seems to have less. This way, he’ll be able to get his balance back and he can heal himself in the process. Other practices include the use of crystals and mantras in order to open the blockages and enhance the flow of the person’s inner energy.

History of Reiki

It was in the late 1930s when Reiki was introduced in the West by Mrs. Hawayo Takata.  Because of her, the practice spread all across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere in the world. However, the original teachings came from a scholar and a practitioner of Zen Buddhism in Japan Dr. Mikao Usui. That’s why the standard treatment is sometimes referred to as Usui Reiki. It was during his climb to Mount Kurama in order to do fasting and penance that he himself was healed through Reiki. The life energy traveled from his head down to the very core of his body. The enlightenment he received also gave him another realization: He wanted to share it with the world.

Today, Reiki is now being practiced by millions of people around the world. There are also thousands of individuals who have acquired the knowledge of Reiki and are suitable to be referred to as “Masters”.

Long-distance Treatment of Reiki

Though traditional Reiki requires the laying of hands, it’s also possible to heal someone who is not physically present. This is because Reiki can also include prayers, a process known as sending energy across the universe to the person who needs it.

Reiki has become a very revered and effective practice for healing. If you have been experiencing an imbalance in your life, it would worth seeking out a local Reiki master to determine if they can help. You may be surprised how much healing the body can do through Reiki alone.